Are you one of the elect?
Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.
When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.
Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell.
Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.
Reprobation is available in ebook and paperback now. The ebook is currently only £1.99 but you can purchase a copy of both here.
Reprobation is a vivid, gruesome page turner that I enjoyed far more than I thought I would!
The two main characters of a nun and a death metal guitarist seems like a strange pairing but the author really makes it work as both characters are engaging ones that seemed believable. I found I wanted to keep reading to find out where their investigation went.
The novel is set in Liverpool, the author’s home town, and her evident love for her city shines through with her beautiful, vivid descriptions of its famous locations. I felt I could really imagine the locations and I would definitely like to visit Liverpool in the future go see them for myself.
There is a tense, almost threatening atmosphere throughout the book which helps to add to the tension and ensures the book is very gripping. I found myself turning the pages faster as the story progresses as I desperately wanted to find out how the story ended. The story has quite a few twists and turns which also ensured that I kept reading far to late.
This unbelievably is the author’s debut novel and I’m very excited to read her next book which I believe is already being written.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
About The Author:
Catherine Fearns is a writer from Liverpool, UK. Her music journalism has appeared in Pure Grain Audio, Broken Amp and Noisey, and her short fiction and non-fiction in Offshoots, Toasted Cheese, Succubus and Metal Music Studies. She has a degree in History from Oxford University and a Masters from the London School of Economics.
Catherine began her career as a financial analyst, but after having four children she retrained as a breastfeeding counsellor. She is obsessed with heavy metal, and tries to combine it with writing as much as possible.